Jacksonville Sports Day

MONDAY MEMO: Flagler’s Lawlor Selected Futures League MVP

Flagler College outfielder Sean Lawlor took home Futures Collegiate Baseball League honors last week.

Lawlor had an exceptional year for the North Shore Navigators putting up some unbelievable stats. He was the most well-rounded and consistent hitter in the league this season as he finished the regular season in the top three of almost every major offensive category.

The Boca Raton, Fla. native ranked second in batting average with a .351 mark. He was second in runs scored with 44, first in total hits with 66, tied for second in doubles with 15, tied for second in home runs with eight, second in runs batted in with 40, and second in slugging percentage at .590.

Those statistics left no doubt as to who was the most valuable player in the league. Not only did he prove he could hit consistently for average, he showed off his power as well with his eight home runs and 15 doubles.

On top of that, Lawlor played a great left field for the Navigators, finishing the 2019 regular season as one of the most complete players in the league.

Seven-Year NFL Vet Todman Joins JU Football Staff

Jacksonville University football welcomed the addition of another running back with professional experience to the coaching staff for the 2019 season.

Jordan Todman, a seven-year NFL vet who played for the Jaguars and was the 2010 Big East Offensive Player of the Year at Connecticut, assumes the role of Defensive Analyst/Special Teams, as announced by Head Coach Ian Shields.

“We’re very fortunate to have Jordan joining our staff,” said Shields. “Jordan’s resume within the game speaks for itself. He comes highly recommended and is going to be a great mentor for our student-athletes.”

Along with Robinson, Todman joins new cornerbacks coach Tony Carter and Offensive Coordinator Trent Steelman as members of the JU coaching staff with NFL experience.

Eight JU Dolphins Recognized on Phil Steele’s Preseason PFL Team

Eight members of the Jacksonville University football were named to Phil Steele’s 2019 Preseason All-Pioneer League Teams.

Junior QB Calvin Turner Jr. and redshirt-junior center Dane Cordell highlighted the Dolphin involvement on the list as First-Teamers.

Turner Jr. and Cordell were both named to the Preseason All-PFL Team late last month as announced by the league, and now add national recognitions to their growing list of honors.

Joining those two were Second Team fullback Garnett Nicolas and cornerback CJ Lewis and on the Third Team running back Irvin Riley, defensive lineman Crandall Maines, linebacker Caysaun Wakeley and safety TJ Coley.

Sophomore B-back Nicolas, who was an Honorable Mention Freshman All-American a season ago, was also part of the Preseason All-PFL team last week. Lewis, a senior from Cape Coral, Fla., was an Honorable Mention All-PFL Team selection last season after finishing fifth on the team in tackles, leading the defense in pass breakups and tying for the team-high with two interceptions.

Riley returns to the backfield for his senior season after rushing for 1,284 yards and 13 scores in his career. Maines was an All-PFL Honorable Mention after finishing fourth on the team with 42 tackles, including 4.5 for a loss.

Wakeley, a two-time Honorable Mention All-PFL selection, is back for his senior season after finishing in the top three in tackles on the team each of the last two seasons. Coley, a redshirt-junior from Gainesville, Fla., tied for the team-high in interceptions with two and forced a fumble in his first season as a starter.

Jacksonville opens the season at Richmond on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

THE Spring Games Partners with Airstream Ventures

THE Spring Games has partnered with Airstream Ventures to lead their sales, marketing and branding campaigns in a multi-year agreement announced by both organizations.

Created in 2008, THE Spring Games are a home away from home for NCAA Division I, II, and III softball as well as NAIA and junior colleges – producing more than 1,800 games during the 2019 season and expected to produce over 2,000 in 2020 in Central Florida.

With more than 450 college softball teams set to participate in 2020, THE Spring Games is the largest college softball event in the world. Over the last 14 years, the games have evolved to maximize the volume in such a way that they provide the highest quality early-season training for the teams, coaches and fans.

THE Spring Games is the creation of Dr. Dot Richardson, a two-time softball Olympian and orthopedic surgeon, originally designed to help Division II, III, NAIA and junior college teams who had restrictions on early season play as a result of weather and budgets.

Since hosting 48 teams in 2008, THE Spring Games has provided college softball teams at all levels the opportunity to come to Central Florida and play anywhere from two to 28 games on clay and grass, when many Northern teams would otherwise be forced indoors.

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